As membership secretary, is my pleasure to present the inaugural Weekly Member Spotlight, the first in a series of brief interviews with members of the Society. This week we learn a little bit more about Mr. David Edgar, a junior in the SFS with a passion for the practical side of Philosophy and a Go-playing maestro.
Q: What draws you to the Philodemic Society?
Philodemic forces me to develop strong positions on issues I may never have thought about in more than a vague way. I leave debates having learned that I feel a certain way about something I didn’t even realize I had a firm position on — it’s something very unique and very enjoyable.
Q: If the Philodemic were a person, who would it be?
Young Werther, from Johann Wolfgang’s novel. He’s a very intelligent character who falls totally in love and into devotion to a woman. The feeling that Philodemic gives me matches the feeling I had reading Sorrows of Young Werther for the first time.
Q: What is your spirit animal?
A penguin. They’re majestic creatures and can find love in the midst of the arctic tundra, but are also kind of awkward. They don’t have much swagger, but in their lack of swagger they find swagger.
Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the Society?
Being mindful of diversity. Racial diversity, major and school diversity, gender diversity. I don’t know if that means we need to actively push for that, but I do like to see the Philodemic as representative of the entire Georgetown community.
Q: What’s a David Edgar fun fact?
David Edgar placed 8th in the Argentine National Go Congress Go Tournament, playing the most fantastic game ever created.